Sat, Mar 16 2013 03:02 AM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The Eastlake High School boys lacrosee team strung together three consecutive Metro Conference championships from 2005 to 2007, won another title in 2009, but has played the role of runner-up to the Otay Ranch Mustangs the past three seasons.
The Titans could be back on top this season if early season play — and a 3-2 non-league record — is any indicator.
According to EHS coach Nestor Rosas, the 2013 Titans will be skewed toward the young end of the spectrum this season but still loaded with talent.
"We've got a lot of juniors and sophomores who expect to help us this year," Rosas said.
Eastlake earned a split in its opening two games of the 2013 season. The Titans dropped their season opener, 16-5, to visiting Granite Hills, then ranked second in the San Diego Section, on March 1 and stormed back with a 10-5 win March 5 at Valhalla.
Eastlake made it two wins in a row with a 14-2 rout at Helix on March 8 before tangling with 10th-ranked Canyon Crest on March 11. The hosts battled for respect but came up short 10-6 against the Ravens.
The Titans got back in the victory column with a 7-2 non-league decision over visiting Point Loma on Wednesday. Senior Casey Stanko and sophomore Jordan Vicente each scored twice to lead Eastlake in the goal-scoring department while junior Ryan Hayes paced the Titans with three points in the game on a goal and two assists.
Soophomore Dylan Furseth had a goal and assist in the win over the Pointers while senior Devon Ballow scored once and junior Jake Randall and sophomore Chase Morris each picked up one assist. Seniors Rogelio Macedo and Mitchell Sabado split time in the net; Macedo had two saves and did not allow a goal while Sabado had one save and allowed two goals.
Eastlake outshot Point Loma 42-13. The Titans collected 32 ground balls in the game.
Ballow and Stanko lead all EHS players with nine shots on goal.
Pointer goalie Cole Scadden was credited with 17 saves while teammates Jason Irvine and Alex Dillman each were credited with one goal in the setback.
Stanko had three goals in the loss to Canyon Crest and recorded another hat trick in the win over Valhalla.
Hayes earned Player of the Game honors in the victory against Valhalla with one goal, five ground balls and five assists and keyed his team with five points (two goals, three assists) in the win over Helix.
Ballow, meanwhile, stepped into the limelight with a breakout four-goal performance against Helix. The Titans led 7-1 at halftime in that game and outscored the Highlanders 7-0 in the third quarter as Ballow scored three times.
Sabado was the Titans’ Player of the Game in the season opening loss to Granite Hills after making his varsity debut with 13 saves on 17 shots against a very good Eagles team.
Top players this season, according to Rosas, include attackmen include Hayes, Ballow and Furseth, midfielders Stanko, Vicente and senior Kevin Googins, defensemen Tommy Henderson, Santiago Andujo and Alex Billies, who is recovering from an injury sustained last season.
Stanko, who will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis this fall, was the team's MVP last season with 53 goals and 13 assists while Hayes finished second in team scoring with 25 goals and 21 assists. Ballow (33 goals, six assists) and Vicente (23 goals, 16 assists) tied for third.
Stanko also paced the team in 2012 with 120 ground balls while Vicente totaled 68 ground balls to cap a superlative freshman season.
While young talent permeates the Titans' lineup, Eastlake will have to reshape itself in the net. Lost to graduation is last year's goalie, Joseph Leonor, who racked up 11 wins.
"We'll go with what we have and see who steps up between the two," Rosas said.
Co-captains Stanko, Henderson and Ballow all are pointing toward defeating arch rival Otay Ranch and winning this year's league championship.
"We have to work together as a team," Stanko said.
"We'll need to focus on defense, play stronger; we have a lot of experienced returners," Henderson said.
Olympian faced off its first-ever season with a 14-2 loss at Santana on March 1 and a 7-0 loss at Hilltop on Wednesday. The fledgling Eagles program under head coach Keith Quigley will host five home matches this season, starting March 29 against Serra.
Montgomery opened its season with a 9-4 non-league victory against visiting San Diego on March 2. Bonita Vista dropped its season opener to visiting Monte Vista, 13-4, on March 4.
San Diego Section/Boys
1. Torrey Pines 2-0
2. Poway 3-0
3. San Marcos 1-0
4. Westview 3-0
5. Pacific Ridge 2-0
6. Cathedral Catholic 2-0
7. La Costa Canyon 1-0
8. Patrick Henry 4-0
9. Grossmont 1-1
10. Canyon Crest Academy 5-1
11. Monte Vista 4-0
12. Granite Hills 2-2
13. Santa Fe Christian 2-1
Note: 49 schools are fielding boys lacrosse teams in the San Diego Section this season
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